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Obama Taps Delahunt, Chris Smith for U.N. Meeting

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Reps. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) to serve with the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly this week.Delahunt and Smith will represent the administration when the U.N. convenes for general debate Wednesday through Saturday and Monday through Sept. 30. Both still have to be confirmed by the Senate.“I am grateful for the willingness of these fine individuals to serve my administration and am confident that they will represent our nation well. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,— Obama said in a statement.Two lawmakers are chosen every year by Congressional leadership and nominated by the president to serve concurrently as delegates to the U.N. General Assembly. Delahunt chairs the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, the panel with direct jurisdiction over U.S. involvement in the U.N. Smith is the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. “The U.N. has shown time and time again that it is the pre-eminent international body for dealing with issues that no single country, not even the U.S., can deal with on its own. The fact is that if the U.N. didn’t exist, the U.S. would be called upon to address some of these issues — at a substantial increase in cost to Americans,— Delahunt said in a statement.